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Thread: Threads
22/04/2012 23:25:41

Speedy work in the pits is vital. I saw a time of 4.6 seconds. Quite what they did in that time I dont know as I was not properly paying attention btu just think, @ 200 MPH, that was a bit over a 1/4 mile!

Thread: Is this porn ?
08/04/2012 08:47:20
Nice one!
Thread: Drill press advice?
21/03/2012 22:56:30


Depends upon where you live, e.g., I am in Brighton. Brighton club has a Super 7, small mill, bench drill and an industrial size power hacksaw and a toolgrinder. Worthing club has an ML7, toolgrinder, floor type drill, tablesaw used for making track sleepers. I believe Chichester has a very comprehensive workshop including metal-casting facilities. Inland a bit, Beechurst (Haywards Heath) has a workshop and so I believe, Crawley. There ia always the SMEE, if you live in a reasonable travelling distance from South London. No doubt most clubs have some machinery.


20/03/2012 23:22:39

If you have some interrupted cutting jobs or very heavy machining, join a local model engineering club that has its own workshop and use their facilities.


Thread: 7/16" BSP Tap
20/03/2012 23:03:18

Not 1st April yet.


Thread: Subscription Expiry
19/03/2012 00:22:40

Hi David,

Can see 4 boxes, 2 for paper, 2 for digi. I only subscribe to paper cpies and only the Subscription no. appears, no expiry dates.


Thread: Drill press advice?
19/03/2012 00:07:55

Hullo again Chris,

Just a couple of thoughts,

1. Get a decent drill vice big enough to hold likely size of work.

2. Bolt said vice down. Bolt it down! I used to think my drill vice was so heavy that I could "get away with it" when using small(ish) drills. The 3/16" drill jammed and turned work and vice round, haing snatched handle out of my hand, drill snapped vice chucked off table! I now always use a minimum of one bolt to hold vice to table.

Good luck in your search and take care - all machinery is potentially dangerous.


18/03/2012 23:58:04

Hi Chris,

I have got a bench model Fobco Star drill. What a massively built job! Believe it weighs as much as the Myford. Two men struggled to get it in to my car but I managed it single-handed from car to bench. Just dont ask....

Am well pleased with it.

Thread: Myford ML7 questions
14/03/2012 14:47:38

Agree with the others - most important/useful accessory is QC toolpost for exact centre height every time and quick interchangeable tool types. I got a cheaper type rather than the Myford-Dickson which I thought at the time was too expensive. I am very happy with my purchase many years ago but I sometimes wonder whether its yet again get what you pay for and the M-D version might have been a bit more rigid.

Probably 2nd item if not already got one, is a tailstock drill chuck. Then go on to collect 3 and 4 jaw chucks and a fixed steady for long bars to be machined. Oh! and a leadscrew handle.

Good luck and hope you enjoy many happy hours with lathe.

Thread: Boiler supplier
29/02/2012 09:09:49

Given that every trader in any line of business who takes cr cards has already built into the prices of all his wares, paid for by cash or cr/dr card purchasers, the commission costs of the cr card issuer, everyone should use what they are paying for!

1. Pay by cr card so if boiler faulty or not supplied you get your money back from cr card issuer - quote "section 75" to them.

2.When placing order for boiler, ask for guaranteed delivery date then if the keep giving excuses for non-delivery give them a deadline and failure means order cancelled.

As usual, the odd `baddie` brings a harder life upon all the `goodies` but thats life.

Thread: Mill tram
26/02/2012 00:34:01

On my combo horizontal/vert. mill, just behind the head there is a tapered hole which lines up with another in the main casting and a removable taper pin is fitted. Pin has a black knob-handle to grip it and is threaded under the knob with a nut which can be wound down against the casting to force pin out of hole, if stuck. Very quick alignment!

Thread: Making your own case hardening compound.
13/02/2012 15:55:09
Just looked @ Blackgates` site and they`re still listing Casenite.
Thread: ME nuts and bolts
13/02/2012 15:21:38
Hi all,
Nobody mentioned ME60t. Some years ago it was possible to buy sets of 32/40/60tpi ME taps `n` dies. Not seen 60 for sometime now, though. Just thought I would mention it as reading preceding posts, it reads like only 32/40 ever existed.
Thread: Metal storage
10/02/2012 15:35:12
Hi all,
Square plastic waste/rainwater pipe is the stuff to use.
Thread: Power Hacksaw run off
10/02/2012 15:00:06
hello all,
I want a small portable hacksaw m/c, possibly with a view to getting rid of the space eating bandsaw and I found a design in an old ME - Vol. 82 No. 2042 27/6/1940.
The bandsaw also needs expensive good makes of blades - pay rubbish price, get rubbish. At least with the other type ordinary blades can be used and even good ones last a long time. The old 1940 design probably needs long bearings to guide it to cut straight/square. I have necessary ali angle motor and worm reduction gear so will probably tackle this job soon.
Thread: Drilling brass - seizing
02/02/2012 12:59:14
Hi Andrew Johnston,
Looking @ the piccy in your posting 1st Feb @ 22.42, the 2 big castings both appear alike but if as I think, they are Traction Engine shaft bearings, shouldn`t they be handed?
Have looked back thro` all prev. posts on this thread and cannot see any mention of their use, so what are they for?
Thread: think tank
27/01/2012 15:27:24
I think that a separate paperback book like "Machining in your Workshop" (I think it was called), just entitled "Best of ME/MEW Forum", would leave it free for people to buy if they so choose and make another profit stream for MyHobbyStore. Nobody would be forcing anyone to buy it - consumer choice!
Thread: seaside miniature railways
23/01/2012 08:55:26
Hastings Min Rly is right over to the eastern side of the town.
One runs around the lake in Brooklands Park, South Lancing.
There is one in Littlehampton.
Eastbourne Min. Rly., Lottbridge Drive/or Drove, BN23 6NS tel. 01323 520229. Set up by and still operated by the Wadey family since 1992. (7 1/4"G) Can get all this sort of info just using the netty.
There is a new one recently started on Hayling Island. They are building a Sweet Pea, FULL SIZE!!
Thread: Q1 at the Alexandra Palace show
18/01/2012 11:44:57
Looking fwd 2 seeing it. I believe there is one FS example in store/awaiting restoration(?) on Kent & East Sussex Rly.
Thread: Cleaning up castings
18/01/2012 11:41:41
Nitric acid probably works very well on sandy castings since sand be used as the basis for glass making and I believe that Nitric attacks glass. So what do you store it in? Also how would you dispose of it? Pouring down the drain is NOT the solution! Very nasty stuff.
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